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Cycling in Bristol

Bristol is the UK's first Cycling City, acknowledging the city's growing status as one of Europe's most bike-friendly destinations.

Bristol is the hub of Britain's national cycle routes and home to Sustrans - Britain's leading sustainable transport charity. It's no wonder then that Bristol has cycle routes on almost all its major roads, and there are plenty of places to lock up your bike, over 300 cycle parking spaces and free-to-use bike pumps around the city, making cycling a great way to explore the city. 

Sightseeing by bike

If you're keen to try and organised tour, take a look at the Adventurous Activity Company, who run organised tours of the city for groups with bike hire included. You can make it as challenging or as easy going as you choose. 

Cycle the City offers fun and fascinating bicycle tours and  packages on vintage bikes from Central Bristol. Discover the River Avon, Harbour, Bristol's hidden ale houses and even enjoy a picnic on their cycle tours.  

Looking for something with a little more adrenalin? The Avon Timberland cycling trail starting as Ashton Court is a great option for mountain bikers of all abilities where you can go wild, without damaging environmentally sensitive areas.

If you're cycling in and around Bristol, be sure to visit the Mud Dock Café Bar on the harbourside - a unique cycling-themed cafe that's a haven for cyclists. Here you can take advantage of a handy repair service, take a shower after a long bike ride or treat yourself to a cup of coffee or cold beer.

Cycle enthusiasts and those getting to grips with cycling can also hire bikes from Pedal Progression in the beautiful and green Ashton Court Estate. They offer hire, accessories, repairs and bike skills coaching.

Bike Hire

If you arrive in Bristol without two wheels then hire one from Cycle the City. Bikes are also available for guests to hire at The Grand by Thistle Hotel and Brooks Guesthouse, both in in the old city or Radisson Blu hotel, close to Bristol’s Harbourside.

If convenience is more your thing, First Great Western have introduced a Brompton folding bike hire scheme, Brompton Dock, for travellers arriving at Bristol Temple Meads railway station.

Route planning

For detailed maps of cycling routes in and around Bristo, including some of the most well-loved routes, such as the Festival Way Path, Bristol and Bath Railway and The Strawberry Line go to the Sustrans website and you can also look at Better by Bike, the comprehensive cycling website for Bristol, Bath, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

Mountain Bikes and Off-Road Cycling

For mountain biking and off-road cycling Ashton Court and Leigh Woods are hugely popular and are only minutes away from the city centre.

Alternative Bike Culture

Bristol is the home of ‘Boikzmoind’ and fixed gear biking – run by Gavin Strange Senior Animator at Aardman Animations. Watch short film here ‘Boikzmoind’ has run unofficial races around five chip shops in the city called Fixed ‘n’ Chips and Fixed ‘n’ Chips 2: Bigger & Batter.

Bristol trick cyclist, Matti Hemmings is a professional Flatland BMXer and two times Guiness World Record-holder. Watch him perform some of his stunts around Bristol here

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